Montserrat College of Art Professor Martha Buskirk has been named the third winner of the prominent Advanced Visual Studies/Judd-Hume Prize. The unsolicited award came as a total surprise to Prof. Buskirk, who is also a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, along with several others.
The Advanced Visual Studies/Judd-Hume Prize is a major interdisciplinary art and philosophy program launched in spring 2017 in an effort to promote leading international scholarship and discussion in the fields of visual arts and philosophy. Other winners include Dr. Gottfried Boehm, University of Basel and founder of Eikonnes, the Institute for the Study of Imagery, Dr. Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy at Berkeley, and Dr. Carlo Rovelli, Philosopher and Head of the Quantum Gravity Group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille University (who will be the fourth winner).
Recipients of the fellowship are awarded £30,000 and invited to Edinburgh for a fully funded residency of two months for research and writing, to be followed by an annual symposium focused on each fellow’s areas of investigation as well as a publication on the subject.
Buskirk is a Professor of Art History and Criticism at Montserrat and a widely published author. She has been on the faculty at Montserrat since 1994 and is currently finishing her third book (in addition to several edited and co-authored volumes), which is focused on intersections between artistic authorship and intellectual property. She is looking forward to using the fellowship to start something new.
“It is fascinating to see the continued reverberations of practical as well as philosophical questions about the nature of the art object that Donald Judd posed so insistently,” said Buskirk. “Delegated production, site-specificity, and the use of an extended range of materials are givens of much contemporary practice. The writing residency will provide an opportunity to think about issues that I began to address in my 2003 book The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art in light of all that has happened since – both recent artistic explorations and ongoing historical scholarship.”
Prof. Buskirk will head to Edinburgh to work on her research during the 2019-20 academic year.
Montserrat College of Art is a private, residential college of visual art and design supporting the creative life by educating artists and entrepreneurs for a rapidly changing world. At the intersection of art, design and technology, the college offers three international programs, 10 concentrations and a required internship program.
Montserrat alumni are employed by some of the country’s biggest brands including Disney, Puma, Hasbro and more. Students earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and develop their skills for success in today’s growing creative economy. The college also offers year-round classes for youth, teens and adults through its Continuing Education Division, and has four public galleries offering year-round programs, exhibitions and lectures. www.montserrat.edu
Photos: Martha Buskirk (Top), Donald Judd in 1970. Photo Paul Katz, courtesy Judd-Hume Prize (Bottom)